Autumn Ensemble Course 2018


This Course is now full – no further applications accepted.

Monday 12th – Thursday 15th November 2018

With Pam Smith

Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD (MAP)

About the course

The Autumn Ensemble Course this year will be focusing on mid 20th century music written specifically for recorders, which is often challenging, particularly in terms of rhythm. All course participants must therefore have a very good sense of rhythm and be experienced ensemble players. Ideally you should also play both f and c instruments, including treble, tenor and bass. Please bring all instruments at A=440, including a g treble if you have one.

Repertoire will include:

  • Paul Hindemith’s trio for SAT from Plöner Musiktag. Written in 1932, one of the earliest, and arguably most important, of 20thC recorder consorts.
  • Walter Bergmann’s wonderful Septet for two descant and five treble recorders written in 1945.
  • Vaughan Williams’ Suite for Pipes from 1947.

There is a wealth of music from the 50s and 60s by Hans Gal, Harald Genzmer, Francis Baines, Peter Racine Fricker, Imogen Holst and Benjamin Britten and we will also explore as much of this repertoire as time permits!

The course runs from Monday afternoon until Thursday lunchtime and all of the sessions will be in one group. There is a free session after lunch each day should you wish to enjoy the beautiful countryside or take a rest from the busy schedule but music will be available and organised by Jan should you wish to carry on playing.

All music will be provided; you just need to bring your recorders, a music stand (which you can easily identify as your own!) and a pencil to mark your music. If you are unsure about whether this course is at the right level for you or have any questions, please contact Jan:

email: moc.liamgnull@75sppe.naj telephone: 01752 481193

The Venue

Halsway Manor is a beautiful Grade 2* listed manor house, nestling on the slopes of the Quantock Hills. It boasts a history going back over a thousand years and was mentioned in the Doomsday book. The manor house is stunning with ornate paneling, ceilings and gargoyles. The grounds are equally impressive and well worth a wander around during the course.

Despite having a long history, Halsway Manor has been sympathetically renovated for contemporary living. It is well heated, supplemented by welcoming log fires in the hall and lounge. All the bedrooms have washbasins and tea and coffee making facilities; many bedrooms have en-suite facilities. There is a well-stocked bar in the lounge, open before lunch and dinner and throughout the evening. The food at Halsway Manor is excellent.

Halsway Manor is England’s National Centre for Traditional Music, Dance and Song. The Library, accessed through a secret door in the Lounge, houses a fascinating collection of folk-related material.

Further information about Halsway Manor can be found on its website:

A full brochure with an application form is available in printed form here.

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